Flowers of Nimloth

Author: geek_chick

Nominator: Istarnie

2007 Award Category: Genres: Drama: Second Age or Earlier

Story Type: Story  ✧  Length: Novel

Rating: Teen  ✧  Reason for Rating: Rated Teen for violence and adult themes (mentioned in canon).

Summary: This is a tale from Isildur's early life in Numenor during Sauron's rise to power, told from the perspective of his future wife.(This story should be completed within a few weeks, and will be approximately 55,000 words.)

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Reviewed by: obsidianj  ✧  Score: 7

This tale about Isildur and his future wife starts when Lienilde, a young apprentice healer, gets called with her master to care for an injured man, Isildur. Over the course of a winter Lienilde cares for Isildur and gets to know him and his family. When Isildur is finally, miraculously healed, they discover that they are more than patient and healer. I loved the glimpses into every day life we get throughout the story of life in Numenor or more precisely in Romenna. At the beginning Lienilde is a young woman with a leaning toward the Faithful, but politics don't play a role in her life and she never thought much about Sauron and his doings. Sauron is a distant threat, but it doesn't really affect her, until she meets Isildur's family. Learning of his deed lets her question her beliefs, and I like the way she has to decide what is right or wrong and how to deal with her knowledge in the face of the indifference or outright support for Sauron around her.